Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.8

Object: Star of David Pendant

Category: Ilse Buxbaum; Kindertransport; Germany

Physical Description:  Metal pendant with enamel paint. 

Information on Item:  This Star of David pendant was donated by Ilse Buxbaum. Ilse was born in Germany and came to England to escape Nazi persecution of Jewish people in 1939. The necklace was worn by Ilse on her journey to England.

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Further Information: 

This Star of David pendant was donated by Ilse Buxbaum, it was brought to Britain by Ilse when she travelled to England as part of the Kindertransport, in 1939. Ilse was born in 1929 in Berlin, Germany, she was an only child in a happy family home. Growing up Ilse remembers that as a family they were not especially religious as her father did not used to partake actively in religious obligations, although Ilse used to go to Synagogue on Fridays and Saturdays with her mother. The family faced increasing danger from the rise of Nazism and persecution of Jewish people. Ilse’s father was no longer able to work as before and the situation became increasingly threatening for both her parents and Ilse. To save their lives the family left Germany separately. Ilse’s father left first with passage to China. Then on 1 March 1939, Ilse departed from Berlin having been sent to England on the Kindertransport. The Hebrew writing in the centre of the Star of David pendant means Zion. Ilse had worn the pendant during her young childhood in Germany, and as she felt Jewish she wanted to wear it on her journey to England. However during the journey Ilse was scared by the idea of the pendant being seen by Nazi guards, and kept the necklace hidden under her clothes. Ilse’s mother was also later able to leave for England.